Samuel N. Hibbard
Samuel N. Hibbard
POWNAL — Samuel Newcomb Hibbard, 80, died of leukemia on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Ariz.
He was born Oct. 1, 1932, in North Adams, Mass., the son of Perley Nudd and Grace Bargh Hibbard.
He attended local Bennington schools, graduating from Bennington High as president of the Class of 1950.
He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Bowdoin College in 1954, where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He earned an ROTC commission as a second lieutenant in the army transportation corps. His military assignment was 20 months in the USA Southern German headquarters in Munich, Germany.
He attended Wharton Graduate School at the University of Pennsylvania, receiving a master’s degree in industrial management in 1958. There followed a 30-year career at Norton Company (now St. Gobain) in Worcester, Mass. He held a variety of positions: industrial engineer, pension analyst, staff accountant, purchasing agent and director of compensation and benefits.
A major interest was healthcare insurance cost containment. In this regard, Sam was a founder and member of the Central Massachusetts Business Group on Health, and a founder and member of the Worcester Area Systems for Affordable Health Care.
In Holden, Mass., Sam was a five-year member and chair of the Holden School Committee.
After retiring to the family farm in Vermont, he was a Pownal selectman for three years, a director of United Way of Bennington County for six years, and a trustee of the Bennington Museum for nine years.
A lifelong Rotarian, he was a Paul Harris Fellow.
Most recently he has been a voting member of the American Institute for Economic Research in Great Barrington, Mass.
Survivors includes his wife of 50 years, Marietta Laskey Hibbard; two daughters, Wendy Lee Hibbard of Canton, Conn., and Melinda Newcomb Kruder of Carol Stream, Ill.; and a brother, Albert Dudley Hibbard of Prudence Island, R.I.
A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church in Old Bennington at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 1, 2012, with the Rev. Kenneth Clarke officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either the Old First Church Preservation Fund or the Pownal Rescue Squad through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Guest book condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net.